For more information about the Network
call 0121 415 6960 or email
Like-minded organisations in pursuit of restraint-free services

Our members are telling us life under lock down has led to an increase in restrictive practices for people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and dementia. Practices including mechanical restraint, physical restraint, segregation and medication, as well as an increase in institutionalised practices.

We all want to do the right thing, but we need accessible information and guidance, and safe forums to discuss issues. The fundamental principle of least restrictive practice has not changed, but COVID-19 is an additional element to risk assess. 

We have set up this hub for the Network, to bring together approved guidance and share vital tools to help you in your everyday practice and challenges.


Webinar: Physical Intervention & restraint reduction: A person centred approach during COVID-19 – This webinar lasts around 45 minutes and shares the latest good practice regarding physical intervention (PI) and restraint reduction (RR) during COVID 19.

Useful resources to support well-being and reduce the need for restrictive practices during Covid-19 – We have collated free and useful resources that provide alternatives, strategies and activities to help individuals and their carers/families, friends and staff to avoid the use of restrictive practices whilst promoting well-being and purposeful activity.


We held a webinar on 2 February about rights, consent and least restrictive approaches to the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out. The recording can be viewed below.

Download the useful resources document here>

On Tuesday 16 February 2021, we hosted a follow up to the first webinar on rights, consent and the use of restraint around the roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations. This webinar discussed further the key themes and questions that were asked in the first webinar. You can watch this webinar below:

 Join the network to access more webinars, receive updates about our work and find out more about how you can get involved. Join for free here>

We hosted a series of six live webinars about supporting human rights and taking a least restrictive approach during the pandemic. Find out more here>

Tell us what you think

We have developed this short survey which seeks to understand your experience of the impact of the pandemic and lock-down on restrictive practices. The survey results may be published, is anonymous and should take about 15 minutes to complete. We would value your insight into this by filling out this survey>

Your stories

“Together we can get through this difficult period”- My experience of life in lock-down


Amy recently moved back into the community after 11 years in inpatient mental health settings. In this blog post she writes about her experience of the Covid-19 lock-down. Read more here>

“This isn’t the time to give in” – My experience of the COVID-19 lock-down


Alexis Quinn, author of best-selling book ‘Unbroken’ which details her time spent in various Mental Institutions as an autistic person, writes about her experience of the Covid-19 lock-down and offers some advice. Read more here>

“I have been conditioned to sit and wait” – my experience of life in lock-down


John* spent nine years in psychiatric hospitals all around the country. He writes here about his experience of the Covid-19 lock-down . Read more here>

Team Beth – The Solution to Lock-down Blues


Jeremy, father to Beth, shares how Beth’s team is supporting her through the lock-down with activities, the right information and the right environment. Read more here>

Being Human Together: Coping with the Lived Experience of Fear During the Covid-19 Pandemic


Iris Benson MBE shares how she is coping with the Covid-19 lock-down and shares her lived experience of fear to help others in this time of uncertainty.